PSA: Window Alarms are Outdated and Here’s Why

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A lot of security companies’ largest selling point is the number of door and window sensors they offer in their packages. This is especially true for do-it-yourself systems from smart device manufacturers. But what if we told you all those window sensors are probably overkill and, in many cases, completely worthless? You may want to make sure you’re up to date on the latest statistics and what you should be using instead.


What the Stats Say

On the other hand, and despite what TV shows may depict, a criminal is not going to spend the time trying to jimmy a window open. When they break in through a locked window, statistics show they’re going to almost always shatter it. That leaves window alarms pretty much worthless.


So What Should You Use Instead?

Luckily, technology continues to improve and new products are being made to find solutions to common home security concerns. A glass break sensor is a solution to having a window shattered during a break-in.  A single glass break sensor can take the place of several window sensors, securing large areas with a small investment. 


Don’t Throw Out Your Sensors Yet

There are still circumstances that may call for window alarms. For windows with faulty locks, a window sensor would be recommended for additional security. A burglar will try to slide a window open first, before reverting to brute force. That’s why the first rule of home security is to make sure all doors and windows are locked. If you’re unable to do so, you’ll want to add a window alarm.

Another common reason people get window sensors is if there’s a concern with children sneaking out. Window alarms give extra peace of mind that your children are where they’re supposed to be every night.


What About Door Sensors?

Door sensors are still the best security solution for your exterior doors. Statistically, break-ins are most likely to happen right through the front door. And on top of that, most are by brute force. This makes door sensors absolutely necessary when building a security system. 

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